Lord Sugar admitted he wasn’t told about the BBC’s plan to move The Apprentice from its usual slot on a Wednesday, to a Thursday night, ahead of the new series beginning this week.
The show is set to return for its 16th series on Thursday night following a two year hiatus.
However, loyal fans of the programme may have noticed something slightly different about the series this time around.
The BBC has changed its usual Wednesday night slot to a Thursday night, after previously having aired on the same day each year since it began.
However, the move hasn’t gone down so well with Lord Sugar himself, as he recently expressed his confusion over the broadcasting change.
Speaking to The Sun and other press at a recent event, he shared: ’I only noticed myself that the BBC had decided to play Dragons’ Den beforehand and I’m not quite sure what their thinking is.
‘Perhaps they’re making Thursday business night or something, I don’t know. They don’t share their scheduling ideas with me.’
He went on to Den, adding: ‘There is an argument that says you’ll get so bored you might not bother to tune into us afterwards.’
However, he quickly affirmed: “That’s a joke! It’s a joke, don’t take exception to it.’
Dragon’s Den will be welcoming a newcomer – 28-year-old Steven Bartlett – who will be the show’s youngest-ever Dragon.
So it’s sure to make for some interesting viewing after the programme already teased fiery clashes with his fellow Dragons.
Lord Sugar was more forgiving as he continued: ‘I should imagine that it’ll be a nice warm-up to The Apprentice.
‘They’ve moved the scheduling to a Thursday for the first time ever in 16 years – it’s always been a Wednesday night thing.’
He went on to reaffirm that this was a decision made by the BBC, which he had no involvement with, adding: ‘But it should make no difference whatsoever.’
Late last month, a teaser trailer was released showing a slightly different line-up for this year’s programme.
Baroness Karren Brady will return as one of Lord Sugar’s aides, with the show’s first-ever winner Tim Campbell stepping in for Claude Littner this series.
Claude was badly injured in a bike accident shortly before filming commenced on series 16, with the boss drafting in Tim to take his place in the meantime
Luckily, Claude previously confirmed he wouldn’t be away for long, and will be back for the following series.
‘I was hospitalised and unable to be part of this year’s series. Good news… I am well on the road to recovery.’
The Apprentice returns tomorrow night at 9pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.